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New ISTE Book Shows Educators How to Harness the Power of Podcasting

Posted Sep 30, 2009
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A new book from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), "Student-Powered Podcasting: Teaching for 21st-Century Literacy," shows educators that teaching students to podcast can also be a vehicle for teaching powerful ideas. Podcasting has become a powerful tool for those interested in broadcasting their messages over the internet, and it can be particularly valuable for teachers looking to provide their students with the 21st century skills they need to be successful, the ISTE announcement notes.


In addition to focusing on teaching students technology skills they can apply throughout their lives, author Christopher Shamburg shows how creating podcasts ignites their interest in new subjects and connects and applies their learning to the world around them. "Student-Powered Podcasting: Teaching for 21st-Century Literacy" defines what podcasts are and explains why they are important to students. The book leads Mac and PC users through tutorials on the audio editing programs GarageBand and Audacity, taking them through an entire project from start to finish. In addition to explaining the technical aspects of podcasting, the book explores the complex issues surrounding copyright and fair use laws, so teachers can guide their students in how to ethically collect and use materials to create their own news programs, audio tours and other original productions.


The book features assessment rubrics, 17 adaptable units, and links to examples. It is available for $23.05 for ISTE members or $32.95 for nonmembers.


More information about the book and a sample chapter are available at To hear an interview with Shamburg, check out the ISTE Casts podcast series at


Source: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE),

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